Showing posts from May, 2022

Local organisations feature in Parliamentary Covid Quilt

All Saints Leighton Buzzard, The Luton & Dunstable Hospital and Whipsnade Zoo all have a place on the Parliamentary Covid quilt.  The quilt was organised by Dawn Butler MP and individual panels were sewed by MPs to contribute to it. It is proposed that it will be displayed in Parliament. South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous, said, "The Covid pandemic massively affected every constituency in the country and I wanted my contribution to reflect some of the institutions across the constituency who played their part. "I am aware of the amazing work done by many churches and different faith organisations in supporting people through the pandemic which is why I included All Saints Leighton Buzzard.  "The Luton & Dunstable Hospital is our main hospital and staff there were at the forefront of dealing with the pandemic.  "Covid is a zoonotic disease and Whipsnade Zoo is part of the Zoological Society of London who are involved in world le

Queen's Jubilee Events in Houghton Regis

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A hilarious nightmare is promised in local theatre production

TADS Teens return with their first two-act play since Alice the Panto in 2015, with their take on The Comedy of Terrible Errors by Dan Zolidis.   A local community theatre's production of The Comedy of Errors goes completely off the rails - not enough actors of the performance, a shaky set, a frantic stage manager and babies as you've never seen them before, combine to transform Shakespeare's 28th-most loved play according to Buzzfeed into a hilarious nightmare.  With references to famous films, audience participation and puppets, this production has got us laughing at every rehearsal. This amateur production is produced by special arrangement with YouthPLAYS ( ).   Please note that the production contains references of an adult nature in terms of language and content. Fri 8th July - Sat 9th July 2022, TADS Theatre Group , Conger Lane, Toddington, LU5 6BT   ///waxes.proofread.lushly Book Tickets here Find more local events for this area.

Linmere housebuilder donates defibrillator to local primary school

• Bellway Senior Sales Manager, Lindsey Davenport with Head Teacher of Thornhill Primary school, Bernice Waite, and the head boy are girl of the school Zohair and Eva. A primary school which is expanding as part of the new Linmere neighbourhood taking shape on the edge of Houghton Regis has been gifted a defibrillator by a housebuilder involved in the project. Bellway Northern Home Counties, which is building 153 homes at Bellway at Linmere – its first phase of development within the wider Linmere scheme – donated the life-saving device after reaching out to neighbouring Thornhill Primary School. The defibrillator, which cost just over £1,350 to purchase, has been installed at the school’s main entrance and is now ready to be used in the event of a pupil, staff member or visitor suffering a cardiac arrest. The school, which caters for children aged from two to 11 years old, currently has around 200 pupils on roll. Capacity will increase to 500 once its new premises, located just 100 me

Peel St Car Park – Experimental Order to be made Permanent

Image Traffic Management - Tuesday, 24th May 2022 at 10:00am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting An experimental order for Off-Street Parking at Peel Street Houghton Regis, was discussed on Tuesday at a traffic management meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council.  An off-street parking order was brought in by CBC to restrict parking to 2 hours as construction traffic at All Saints View was using the car park denying local people the opportunity to park. The car park ideally serves visitors to the Peel Street surgery and to Bedford Square, but it is not a car park owned by Central Bedfordshire Council. Reading from the report to the hearing it seemed as though the temporary parking arrangements there would be withdrawn resulting in a free-for-all once again at the car park. Remarks in the report stated:  Limiting the parking in this car park provides a challenge to satisfy all needs. Those that previously used the car park under previous restrictions are prevented u

No Waiting at Any Time to be Applied to parts of Tithe Farm

Houghton Regis, Tithe Farm Road, Angels Lane and Beech Tree Way- No Waiting at Any Time Restrictions Traffic Management - Tuesday, 24th May 2022 at 10:00am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Cllr Susan Goodchild attended the hearing. She was mindful that some children and parents who attended the nearby faith school travelled some distance, and that residents' driveways were being blocked. Cllr Dalgarno's decided to go ahead with what was proposed:

Burglar with close links to Houghton Regis is sought by Police

Bedfordshire Police has released an image of a man wanted for recall to prison and in connection with a burglary. Officers are looking to locate Connor Moriarty , 26, who is from Luton but has close links to Leighton Buzzard, Houghton Regis and Northamptonshire. Detective Inspector Alison Whitworth said, “We are asking anyone who has seen Connor Moriarty or knows of his whereabouts to let us know. “We are asking that you do not approach him but instead contact us immediately with any information.” Anyone with information can call police on 101 or it report online quoting reference 40/10482/22.

Make Bunting for the Jubliee!

Houghton Regis Library needs your help to make some fabulous Jubilee bunting.  Drop into the library to help with this Jubilee decoration or pick one up to decorate at home. Houghton Regis library is found off Bedford Square shopping centre next to the church. Explore the Houghton Regis Map .

Rising Prices and Putin On My Mind This Month — A monthly article by MP Andrew Selous

By Andrew Selous, MP Help With Rising Prices Rising prices, greatly exacerbated by Putin’s barbarism in Ukraine, are top of the political agenda at the moment. Central Bedfordshire Council has already helped 9,000 vulnerable households including providing over 12,000 food vouchers. A further £1.5 million has been provided by the government to the council to help pensioners and anyone else who is having difficulty paying utility and food bills. A reduction in National insurance for 70% of the population comes in July and I continue to lobby the government to make sure that we do everything necessary to look after people in need. Ukraine Talking of Putin, I was one of only 287 MPs and the only Bedfordshire MP to be sanctioned by Putin , for calling out General Mikhail Mizintsev’s brutality in his destruction of Mariupol, something he also did in Aleppo. I view the sanction as a badge of honour , and the UK must continue to support Ukraine. [ On 18 May 2022, in 'Achieving Economic

Cllr Yvonne Farrell takes on the role of Town Mayor for Houghton Regis 2022-23

A new mayor and deputy for Houghton Regis have been appointed by fellow Houghton Regis Town Councillors this evening as the council meets for its Annual Meeting. Cllr David Jones nominated Cllr Yvonne Farrell and Cllr McMahon nominated Cllr Carroll. A vote was taken and Cllr Yvonne Farrell was duly appointed.  Cllr Farrell thanked the outgoing mayor, Clare Copleston for her work during the past year and said they had had a lot of fun together. Yvonne told the meeting that she was elected in 2018 and had no inclination that she would one day be mayor. She promised to do her best for Houghton Regis and looks forward to the support of her fellow councillors and the council officers. Once a former Secretary at The Barron Knights, Mayor Cllr Farrell claims a huge knowledge of the entertainment industry and is able to give advice and deliver entertainers of any description to worldwide destinations. The outgoing mayor, Cllr Clare Copleston, raised £2,400.00  for her chosen charities, SSAFA

Mayor Clare Raises Funds for Firefighters and Armed Forces Charities

The outgoing Mayor of Houghton Regis has announced the sums of money her nominated charities have received this year.  Mayor Cllr Clare Coplestone is delighted to announce that a grand total of £2,400.00 has been raised for her chosen charities, SSAFA  (the armed forces charity) and firefighters999  (the firefighters charity).  Mayor Clare tweeted on Friday, “Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my mayoral year. This money will truly help to make such a difference.” A cheque for £1237.00 is presented to SSAFA.  Clare was joined on the 11th May by Beds Fire and Rescue Service for the presentation of the cheque for £1,163.00 to the firefighters charity. In a tweet, Clare wrote, “The last award I presented was to Bex McBrearty at "Time to Connect" for supporting our older generations within the community. Bex is a kind, caring individual who truly cares about making a positive difference for our elderly residents. Congratulations Bex. Keep up the great work.”

Central Bedfordshire pupils take to the streets for Walk to School Week

School pupils in Central Bedfordshire will join thousands of children across the UK taking part in Walk to School Week* (16 – 20 May 2022). Walk to School Week takes place during Living Streets’ National Walking Month each May, with this year’s campaign focusing on the health and environmental benefits of walking to school. This year’s challenge, #PowerUp, will engage pupils on how being active helps improve their health, happiness and local environment through video-game inspired design and resources, encouraging them to travel sustainably to school every day of the week. Families are encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or ‘Park and Stride’ for the whole week to see the big differences that come from small steps, from healthier and happier children to fewer cars outside the school gates. Pupils will enjoy classroom packs, filled with activities to complete on the way to school and in the classroom. Each day, the #PowerUp challenge will take pupils through five levels: ‘Team Up’, ‘Defeat

New Mayor of Houghton Regis to be nominated this week

A new mayor and deputy are to be nominated by fellow Houghton Regis Town Councillors next week as the council meets for its Annual Meeting. The newly appointed Mayor will hold the chain of office until the next Annual Meeting in 2023.  The current mayor, Cllr Clare Coplestone, will retire. Traditionally, this is a popular time for the local community to gather together in the Council offices in Peel Street and to listen to the nominations and speeches, grab a few photos, and with a bit of luck grab a plateful of nibbles and a glass of wine — As with Covid times, the meeting will be available online via this Meeting Link .  It's a good idea to install Microsoft Teams on your PC beforehand, if you intend to look in on proceedings. Councillors meet throughout the year, normally in the early evening, but sometimes during the day, discussing such things as budgets, entertainments, events, planning matters affecting the parish, staffing issues, grounds work, grants to outside bodies, rev

Try a Walk on the Chalgrave Heritage Trail

Near to Houghton Regis, The Chalgrave Heritage Trail is a circular walk of around 8 miles that uses existing footpaths and bridleways, plus one permissive path.  It can be walked in its entirety or in sections using other footpaths to return to your starting point.  The trail takes about four to five hours to walk in its entirety, and along the way, there are five noticeboards providing information about the landscape, wildlife and buildings of interest. The trail was created in April 2009 and more recently the Tebworth pond was improved and now features a bench seat with a back panel designed by the children of the parish. The Chalk Arc are funding this project. Leaflet A PDF copy of the information leaflet is available to download here . 

A New Group for Parents of Twins, Triplets and More!

Houghton Regis Children’s Centre present the much-requested 'Twins, Triplets, Quads Plus Stay and Play group' A new playgroup is being set up to cater for twins, triplets, and more. The group is for parents, parents-to-be and carers of twins, triplets and more (under the age of 5yrs).  The very first session will be on Monday 6th June 2022 from 1.30pm – 2.30pm at Tithe Farm Children’s Centre, Tithe Farm Road, LU5 5JB To show your interest please call 0300 300 8115/8129 or contact the Children's Centre via their Facebook page ‘ Houghton Regis Children’s Centre ’.

SEND Data Breach at Central Beds Council is Reported to Information Commissioner's Office

On Monday afternoon, Central Bedfordshire SEND Action Group received a Freedom of Information (FOI) response from CBC which included the full names of dozens and dozens of SEND children and information about whether or not they have a school place for September 2022. Having alerted CBC and the Information Commissioner, they waited for the information to be taken off the public website  before notifying their followers on Facebook. As it was available on a public website on Monday afternoon, it could have been downloaded by anyone. Independent CBC Cllr Dr Hayley Whitaker , commented, “This is a truly shocking data breach, a new low for CBC” Labour CBC Cllr Toni Ryan commented, “Absolutely appalling, especially after the years of negligent CBC has shown these families.” Independent CBC Cllr John Baker  commented on his Facebook Page , “Independent councillors had already warned the Council that its practices were not up to scratch. A year ago, I wrote the Council aft

New Leisure Centre update: CBC say a new sports hall would be 'an over provision'

A plan to build a new £25million community and leisure centre in Houghton Regis is taking its next step. Artist impression of the new leisure centre in Houghton Regis Feedback from the recent consultation has helped them to refine the planning application which will now be submitted, providing another opportunity for people to comment on those detailed plans. The consultation showed strong public support for this modern leisure and community centre and the improved facilities that will be provided. 179 people responded to the consultation survey and many more took the opportunity to take part in the engagement events. 70% of respondents agreed that the proposed centre will improve the leisure and community provision for residents in Houghton Regis. 20% of people disagreed, with 10% of respondents undecided. The new facility includes an eight-lane 25 metre community swimming pool, which is more than double the size of the pool at the existing Houghton Regis Leisure Centre. T

Payment delays from CBC over Ukrainian refugees

Comment by Independent CBC Councillor, Adam Zerny THE RIDDLE OF THE MISSING UKRAINE SUPPORT MONEY While Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC)'s website proudly proclaims 'Central Bedfordshire stands with the people of Ukraine', the Council has not exactly been swift to stand with the local residents who have found homes for refugees. Two months ago, after much public pressure, the government pledged money to support families hosting Ukrainian refugees in the UK. The plan - if it could be called that - was to provide £350 per host family in financial support to cover expenses incurred in boarding refugees. In addition, each refugee was to be provided with a “£200 interim payment to help with subsistence costs. This will be provided by the local council.” While it was made clear the emergency £200 (in the form of vouchers redeemable at the Post Office) was to be provided by local authorities, host families were left in the dark about who was to pay the £350 per month. And then,